September is the second-best birding month in our region, the peak of fall migration for both song birds (including warblers) and shorebirds. Early waterfowl, long-legged waders, tern’s, raptors and more also migrate south during this month. Finding these species will be our primary objective on this field trip.
Dave Helm, expert veteran birder and long-time Oxbow advocate, should find a wide variety of birds. We will begin in the Oxbow, and move to Shawnee Lookout Park by mid-morning, stopping at the Lost Bridge at the Great Miami River. If water levels are favorable (low) we should find some shorebirds (sandpipers & plovers) in the Oxbow and Lost Bridge area. The combination of these areas and the combined habitats of these adjacent birding sites in September should yield a great diversity of species. Warblers and many other song birds, herons & egrets, terns, other water birds and hawks, including Osprey & Bald Eagles, are likely to be found during this morning trip.
Dave plans to bird until around noon or a bit later if things are still hopping. We’ll walk on this trip, generally at an easy and comfortable birding pace. Binoculars are necessary to see birds. Restrooms are available. A Hamilton County Park Motor Vehicle Permit (required) may be purchased at the park entrance. Please contact Dave if you have any questions.
To reach the Oxbow, take I-275 to the Lawrenceburg, Indiana exit. Turn left onto U.S. 50 at the end of the exit ramp, and proceed about a hundred yards. Turn left onto an unmarked road just past the Circle K gas station. Turn right at the “T” intersection, then left to the meeting spot at the next “T”.